The other night at about 1am I was woken by my 3 year old crying out. I rushed in to her bedroom to see what the matter was and she immediately stuck her leg out of the bed, thrust her foot into my face and demanded that I rub it better.
I spent 10 minutes massaging her foot, which seemed to ease her pain enough to let her drift into a sleep, but every time I tried to back out of the door, she woke up, yelling “Owh my foot, keep rubbing it mummy.” This continued for another 10 minutes before I eventually gave up and ran downstairs for the Calpol.
This is not a one off scenario. I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night many times in the same way. She always wants her feet or legs rubbed and it always ends in me giving her medicine.
Do Growing Pains Exist?
In the past I’ve heard parents talking about their child having growing pains and just assumed it meant they were going through a bit of a growth spurt. My eldest child never woke up in the night crying that her feet or legs were hurting her so I didn’t realise it is actually a thing.
I Googled it and found that some children; apparently 40%, do suffer with actual growing pains. It seems to happen mostly to the legs and feet and the pains always happen in the evening or at night time, never in the day. This got me thinking; what a strange phenomenon. Do children do most of their growing at night? Why do some get it and others don’t? I have no idea but do let me know if you happen to know!
The Growing Pains She Gives Me
Whilst I love her dearly, Eva, who will be 4 in July, still gives me plenty of occasions to make ME yell out (sometimes in pain, but mostly in a temper). So I thought I’d give a tongue in cheek approach to how her growing up pains me:
Since the month of May, she has woken up at 5am practically every day. We have black out blinds and black out curtains and a Gro Clock but she pays no attention to any of this. A reward chart is in progress and the promise of some tat from Smyths at the end of the week is the only thing that seems to be making her stay in her bed for a BIT longer
2. When she wakes up early, she doesn’t come in for a quiet cuddle. She proceeds to shout and is mostly grumpy, demanding we all wake up and listen to her / watch her show / read her a book. It is exhausting.
3. She is incredibly stubborn. If she wants to wear odd shoes or a Halloween outfit on the school run she will do and there is no talking her out of it.
4. Her demands for “something out of the snack box” i.e. chocolate or sweets is incessant.
Do your little ones suffer from growing pains? Do you know any more about it at all? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.